Sun, Jul 26, 2015
President Obama publicly disagreed with his Kenyan counterpart over gay rights today as he urged African nations not to discriminate against individuals based on sexual orientation.
Barack Obama, the President of the United States had a crucial meeting with President Uhuru Kenyatta on Saturday,July 25, 2015.
The two gave a joint press conference after the talks to members of the press in front of State House in Nairobi.
So what can we know about the results of the talks? Here are three key things.
Kenya and the US will continue to rely on each other to fight terrorism
The US and Kenya have long been allies in the fight against the al Shabaab militia.Now they have joined in talks to reapply efforts to defeat the militia in Somalia. Both nations have a key stake in defeating extremism and terrorism and will continue to rely on each other in the years to come.
Obama stated that he looks forward to the future the two nations can build together.
The relations between the US and Kenya are still being built
The two nations do have a strong allegiance, but also have several points of contention. It is almost certain that the two spoke on how to increase relations between the two nations across the board. This was reflected in efforts to fight poaching, increase the length of student visas for Kenyans in the US and to continue to combat al Shabaab.
However there still are a few points that need working on. Obama didn’t shy away from saying that Kenya needed to improve the situation with corruption. Furthermore direct flights from the US to Kenya are still not approved and may not be in the foreseeable future.
Obama and Kenyatta do not agree on everything
This was most clear when it came to the issue of gay rights. Obama stated that his position is unequivocal about his support about the issue and made strong statements in support of gay rights around the world.
Kenyatta made the position that Kenya holds about gay rights fairly clear. While he doesn’t support discrimination, Kenyatta also stated that Kenya does share some different values than the US does.
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